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Ani Difranco with Special Guest at the Denver Botanic Garden

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Seventeen years ago, Ani DiFranco released her first album.  Since then, she has established herself as one of the most influential and inspirational artists of her generation.  DiFranco wears many hats including singer/songwriter/guitarist/producer.  Her empowering spirit is evident through her songs that tackle barbed political and sexual issues with uncommon insight and compassion.  On September 11, Righteous Babe Records will release 'Canon,' the first retrospective studio album of Ani's illustrious and storied career.  The double-disc will feature songs from her albums spanning 1990 - 2006 and five re-recorded tracks with help from Todd Sickafoose (bass) and Allison Miller (drums).

Since the early 1990s, DiFranco's innovative guitar style, signature percussive finger picking, expressive vocals and incisive lyrics have earned her a loyal, dedicated fanbase and consistent critical acclaim.

The self-described "little folk singer" has released eighteen studio albums and has produced records for artists such as Dan Bern, Utah Phillips and Janis Ian.  DiFranco has collaborated with everyone from Prince and Cyndi Lauper to Dar Williams and Maceo Parker.  She continues to sell out venues all over the world including NYC's Carnegie Hall.  In 2005, DiFranco made CMJ's list of the 25 most influential artists of the last 25 years, along with U2, Nirvana, Radiohead and The Pixies.

DiFranco's 2006 release, 'Reprieve' earned a slew of accolades.  Entertainment Weekly called it "beautifully committed music - the kind that's as essential now as it has ever been."

Sunday, July 22nd at 1:00 pm (doors open at noon)

with special guests Anais Mitchell and TBA

Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield

8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton

Tickets: rain or shine $45.00 / All Ages Welcome

(Children two years and younger are admitted free)

Ticket Outlets: www.ticketweb.com, 1.866.468.7621

Boulder : Bart's CD Cellar, in Denver : Independent Records Stores; Twist & Shout.

Produced by NIPP and Maven Productions

For more information please visit www.nipp.com

 

 

Moses Guest

- for the Grateful Web

Started in 1995, and named after founder Graham Guest's fifth generation grandfather, Moses Guest, is a Texas-based, Southern Rock band that has just enough Pop, Jazz, Funk, and Country in its veins to appeal to audiences of all ages and origins. The current lineup formed in 1998, was voted "Best Rock/Pop Band" in the 2001 Houston Press Music Awards, and have won numerous Battle of the Bands contests.

The band has been selling out shows in Houston since 1999, and concentrating hard on winning over their region, with frequent tours through the South and West. On the recording end, the band has self-produced four CDs, and one EP, on its own record label, Aufheben Records. Their last effort, a double, self-titled, studio disc set, "Moses Guest" was released in 2002, and is currently still being played by everyone who bought one.

Moses Guest has shared the stage with many great acts in the past few years (and ain't that the truth), including moe. (twice), Steve Miller Band, JGB Band, Willie Nelson, Los Lobos, Leftover Salmon, String Cheese Incident, Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise, David Nelson Band, Rebirth Brass Band, The Jayhawks, Lisa Loeb (acoustic), and Colonel Bruce Hampton and the Fiji Mariners (on H.O.R.D.E. 1998 sidestage in Antioch, TN).

INDIVIDUAL BIOS

Graham Guest
(Guitars, Banjo, Lead Vocals)

Graham, a lover of philosophy since high school, has earned both his B.A. (Wesleyan University) and M.A. (Boston College) in philosophy. He attended the PhD program in philosophy at Tulane University, but gave it up to pursue music (though philosophical themes ring throughout his lyrics). When he returned to Houston in 1995, he realized it was easier to start a band while still a student so he attended law school at the University of Houston.

Rick Thompson
(Piano, Organ, Mandolin, & Back Vocals)

After an eight-year run with the ever-popular funk band, Beat Temple, Rick joined forces with Graham in 1997, and the results have been dramatic ever since. His sense of style and harmony is reminiscent of a funkier time when Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder graced the charts. Rick is also a graduate of the HSPVA in Houston (www.HSPVA.org).

James Edwards
(Drums, Percussion & Back Vocals)

A jazz drummer from the age of nine, James' sense of time and rhythm reflects his years of formal training and band experience. After leaving the North Texas State University, James explored his varied musical interests in a few avante-garde jazz and pop bands in his hometown of Houston. In 1997, he was invited to keep time for this improvised-driven, groove outfit; utilizing his background with an arsenal of tempos and time signatures. His style and influences mirror those of the great Art Blakely and Tony Williams, as he gives life to the pulse of Moses Guest. James is also a graduate of HSPVA in Houston.

Jeremy Horton
(Bass Guitar)

Jeremy is a second generation rock bassist, and has been playing bass guitar and percussive instruments since he was fifteen. With two prior stints in local Houston funk and metal rock bands, Jeremy anchors the rhythm section.